Wind farm hits the appropriate word with historic male choir funding

ONE of Scotland’s oldest male choirs has obtained almost £5,000 by way of a group grant because of a close-by wind farm. 

With roots relationship again to the 1930’s, Stonehouse Male Voice Choir has obtained £4,600 from Banks Renewables’ Kype Muir Neighborhood Partnership Fund (KMCP). 

The funding allowed the choir to rework its picture by creating 20 units of glossy uniforms of their very personal bespoke tartan. They now hope the new-look uniforms will entice extra members to the historic group. 

President of the Stonehouse Male Voice Choir, Richard Mitchell-Lay has been with the group since 2012 and mentioned: “We’ve been carrying the identical uniforms for the reason that 1980’s and we recognised it was time to embrace a extra modern and fashionable look.  

“The funding allowed us to do exactly that, and we’re delighted with the brand new look. To now have our very personal tartan is particularly necessary and one thing we will move down by way of the years. We’ve been getting nice suggestions on how all of us look, and persons are even beginning to say we’re sounding higher! 

“To be working intently with a developer like Banks has allowed us to unlock what might seem to be a small factor however has given us a lot extra confidence on stage.” 

The brand new uniforms provide a daring, fashionable look with an open-collar black shirt and trousers paired with the choir’s personal customized tartan waistcoat designed by Scotland’s main producer of tartan Locharron. 

The group say they’re taking a contemporary method to their music, shifting from conventional choir kinds in direction of extra recognisable, modern items. With this modernised picture and repertoire, the choir hopes to attract in youthful members in order that it could proceed lengthy into the long run.  

Richard added: “We’re a gaggle of 20 and over time our choir has been getting smaller and attempting to pay for uniforms of this high quality out of our personal funding would have been too nice a job.  

“We’re very grateful for the funding and hope it’ll play an enormous function in strengthening the choir’s longevity going ahead.” 

The Kype Muir Neighborhood Fund is an initiative by Banks Renewables that gives funding to teams and communities within the surrounding space of its Kype Muir Wind Farm mission.  

Robin Winstanley, sustainability, and exterior affairs supervisor at Banks Renewables mentioned: “It’s heartwarming to see how a lot of an impression the brand new uniforms have had on the choir. Native teams like this are on the absolute core of the South Lanarkshire group and it’s important they’re supported. 

Robin Winstanley, sustainability, and external affairs manager at Banks Renewables

“To see the other ways wind farms like Kype Muir can play a task in supporting the local people by way of group advantages is rewarding – Stonehouse Male Voice Choir is a primary instance of that.” 

George Smith, Chair of the Stonehouse Neighborhood council and the KMCP mentioned: “It’s nice to see the Male Voice Choir resplendent with their new tartan waistcoats setting a development away from the standard Blazer and Flannels. 

The tartan itself is a stunning clear wanting design and naturally, distinctive to Stonehouse Choir because it was patented by them. 

Lengthy might the Choir proceed to symbolize the village of Stonehouse and as soon as once more the Neighborhood Council thanks Banks for the funding to make this attainable.” 

The fund is a part of Banks Renewables’ Connect2Renewables initiative, by which the household agency commits to maximising the financial, social and environmental advantages of all its wind farms in South Lanarkshire. 

Kype Muir and Kype Muir Extension are set to ship group advantages equating to greater than £770,000 annually made out there to surrounding communities. 

The 41 generators of Kype Muir and Kype Muir Extension can have a mixed put in producing capability of over 150MW of electrical energy every year.  This is sufficient to meet the electrical energy wants of greater than 120,000 properties, or greater than 200,000 folks or a metropolis bigger than Aberdeen. 

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